Ohio State Travels to Ball State Wednesday

Oct. 22, 2013


The Last Meeting
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October 7, 2012
Columbus, Ohio
No. 16 Buckeyes Down Ball State, 9-1
Led by hat tricks by junior Paula Pastor-Pitarque and sophomore Mona Frommhold, the No. 16 Ohio State field hockey team claimed a 9-1 victory over Ball State Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State field hockey team travels to Ball State Wednesday for a midweek contest in Muncie, Ind.  The Buckeyes (4-10, 0-4 Big Ten) and Cardinals (5-9, 0-3 MAC) will begin action at 3 p.m. ET from BSU Turf Field.

Link to live stat for the road game at Ball State Wednesday will be available on the Ohio State Field Hockey Schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Twitter updates also will be available and can be received from @OhioState_FH.

The Buckeyes will conclude the 2013 home regular season schedule with a conference contest at 1 p.m. Saturday against Indiana at Buckeye Varsity Field. As part of senior day, the 2013 senior class will be recognized before the start of the game vs. the Hoosiers.


  • The Buckeyes sit at 4-10 on the season after falling in two conference games against Iowa and Michigan last weekend In Columbus. They have wins over UNH, Missouri State, Kent State and Ohio this season. The win over the Wildcats was a part of the 2013 Conference Cup hosted by Temple University, while the squad defeated Missouri State during the 2013 Buckeye Classic in Columbus.
  • Ohio State’s 26 goals have been scored by 10 different players.
  • The Buckeyes have earned our Big Ten conference weekly honors this season, most recently, Brooke Hiltz, who was named Freshman of the Week Oct. 8 by the conference office.
  • Peanut Johnson leads the team with a season-high 17 points on eight goals and one assist. Mona Frommhold has 11 points, while Nora Murer has boasted 10 points this year.
  • Nina Laudahn collected her first career goal at Ohio State last time out vs. the Wolverines. She leads the team with five assists.
  • The Buckeyes return five starters in Murer, Arielle Cowie, Kaitlyn Wagner, Mona Frommhold and Maria Swartz.
  • Ohio State is guided by 18th-year head coach Anne Wilkinson, who has led the Scarlet and Gray to NCAA Tournament appearances three out of the last four years.

Last time out, Ball State fell to Kent State, 5-2, Oct. 19 in Muncie, Ind. Offensively, Lexi Kavanaugh leads the team with 12 points on six goals, while Tarel Teach has collected 10 points on four goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Shelby Henley is 5-9 in 2013 with a 3.62 goals-against average, posting 91 saves through 14 games played.

Ohio State leads the all-time series, 12-7, against the Cardinals. Last time out, the Buckeyes downed Ball State, 9-1, Oct. 7, 2012, in Columbus. Mona Frommhold collected her first career hat trick, while Carly Mackessy scored her first career goal. Nora Murer had a goal vs. the Cardinals and Peanut Johnson also had two assists in the big home win.

The Scarlet and Gray have a five-game win streak vs. Ball State, outscoring the Cardinals, 29-1, during the stretch of victories.

Oct. 7, 2012 – Ohio State 9, Ball State 1
Sept. 27, 2011 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0
Oct. 27, 2010 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0
Sept. 22, 2009 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0
Sept. 17, 2008 – Ohio State 5, Ball State 0

Ohio State is the host of the 2013 Big Ten Championship, scheduled for Nov. 7-10 at Buckeye Varsity Field. Action will begin Thursday, Nov. 7 with three quarterfinal games. The No. 1 seed and first-round winners will meet in the semifinals Friday, Nov. 8 with the championship taking place Sunday, Nov. 10. Wednesday contests will be streamed on BTN.com with the semifinals and final matches appearing on BTN.

Brooke Hiltz, a forward on the Ohio State field hockey team, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Oct. 8. Hiltz, native of Virginia Beach, Va., earns her first career conference weekly award.

Hiltz, who has been a key component to the Buckeyes’ penalty corner unit, posted an assist in the 2-1 victory against Ohio Sunday. She is fourth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists this season. Hiltz has notched all seven points in the last five contests highlighted by a five-point performance in a 4-3 win over Kent State Sept. 24

Seniors Arielle Cowie and Nora Murer were named co-captains of the 2013 squad.

Cowie, a midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago, is a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, earning league honors last season for the first time in her Buckeye career. Cowie, who has collected 50 career starts in three years, played in all 19 games in 2012 and was a part of the OSU midfield that limited opponents to 10.2 shots per game and 1.67 goals per game. Cowie has notched two goals and three assists in her career.  As a true freshman, Cowie played in 20 games, including 10 starts for the 2010 NCAA Final Four squad. Cowie is a three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Murer, a back from Luzern, Switzerland, has started in every game since the 2010 campaign, collecting a team-best 73 starts (most by active members). Murer has been an anchor in the Buckeye backfield the last three seasons, posting three goals and six assists in her OSU career, while being a part of 15 career shutouts. As a junior, Murer played in at least 70 minutes in 13 contests, notching a season-best five points on one goal and three assists. As a true freshman, Murer, played in all 23 contests for the NCAA Final Four Buckeyes, holding opponents to a conference-best 1.26 goals per game, while playing in a team-best 1,642 minutes as a rookie. Like Cowie, Murer also has excelled in the classroom as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time NFHCA National Academic honoree and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux and freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton on the Ohio State field hockey team were named Big Ten Defensive and Freshman Player of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Sept 3. Both Lemieux and Hamilton earn their first career conference weekly laurels.  

Lemieux, a native of Dublin, Ohio, helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH Sept. 1 in her first career start in the Scarlet and Gray. Lemieux posted eight saves, including three in extra time. She went on to deny the final two UNH attempts during the shootout after 100 minutes of action at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa.

Hamilton, a native of Port Moody, British Columbia, scored two goals during the Buckeyes' opening weekend at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. In her Buckeye debut, the OSU rookie posted the team's lone goal in the loss to Temple. She helped the Buckeyes to a 3-2 upset victory vs. No. 20 UNH on Sunday after scoring the game-tying goal with five seconds left in regulation to force extra time.

Ohio State went 1-1 during the opening weekend of 2013 at the Conference Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. The Buckeyes dropped their opening contest vs. Temple, 4-1. Freshman midfielder Paige Hamilton scored the lone goal in her first career start, while classmate forward Brooke Hiltz also started in her first collegiate game vs. the Owls.

The Buckeyes rebounded in thrilling fashion to close out the classic after upsetting No. 20 UNH, 3-2, in an overtime shootout. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux made her first career start, posting eight saves, including three in extra time. Senior forward Sophia Pifer knocked in her first career goal in the first half, while Paige Hamilton tied the game, 2-2, with just five seconds left in regulation. After both overtimes went scoreless, sophomore forward Peanut Johnson, senior midfielder Nora Murer and senior midfielder Mona Frommhold all connect on their shots, while Lemieux denied UNH’s final two attempts to claim the win.